While we wouldn’t dream of implying that advertising folk are a
bunch of low-down, dirty cheats, the Diary’s attention has been drawn to
the heinous lengths to which some agencies went in order to triumph at
last Sunday’s annual NABS Rugby 7s tournament.
Publicis, which fielded a women’s team made up of staff members, were
dismayed to find themselves up against Saatchi & Saatchi and Lowe
Lintas, which had both Harlequins and England players on their
The brave Baker Street girls were pulverised. Their ’coach’ (though
given the 40-nil mauling, we use that word advisedly), Gary Grant,
admitted that only one girl had ever played before and described the
opposition as a ’team of tractors wearing rugby kit’.
So to escape a whitewash next year, Grant has written a recruitment ad
asking for staff with ’no previous knowledge of any aspect of
You must have played rugby all of your life and currently represent your
country. Apply to Gary Grant (unless you’ve already signed to Saatchis
or Lowes, you big cheats).’
Oh, and Mirror Group Newspapers won, by the way. We hear,
coincidentally, that they have recruited a new sales executive, Laurence
Dallaglio. Hmmm. Now that name rings a bell.